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Crepusculum - Sky Diaries EP [12rec.036]


Published December 17, 2006


The young lad behind the Crepusculum-moniker is Fred Baty from London. 'Crepusculum' is latin for sundown and suits the music of our December-release perfectly: the day is done, you're creeping home to take a rest, to chat with the ones you love, to do what life REALLY is about. This ambience of being-at-home is a also a fairly good Christmas-motive, so maybe the best time to enjoy Fred's Sky Diaries EP is now...

What does it sound like? If you're down with the 12rec.-backcatalogue, you'll probably remember the Dusty Window EP by Californian Giraffe. Like him, Fred uses his acoustic guitar for most of his compositions. Folk is an important influence, and the boy Baty surely enjoys the last 40 years' classical Pop-bands. But in distinction to Giraffe, Fred doesn't intend to write 'songs' like them- his instrumental Pop-music avoids vocals, is built from clever structures, unusual harmonic layering and a talent to let songs end. No psychedelic Freak Folk-jams in here! The late Talk Talk might be a good comparison, you can mention Brian Wilson, Sufjan Stevens or German Postfolk-duo Taunus. In all, you will enjoy his music even if it is of no importance to you that Fred's influences are more like jazz, contemporary composing or folklore - beauty is something everyone understands.

Big shout-outs to Bill 'Herzog' Bawden from the Serein-collective who contributed the remix!


1 - A Sheltered Life
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
2 - This Is Mechanism, Not Ectoplasm
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
3 - Kintyre
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
4 - Open Gates
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
5 - A Sheltered Life (Herzog Reprise)
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
6 - Momentum
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
7 - Anachronism
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
Source www.12rec.net
Run time 23:34

See also MusicBrainz (release group)[MusicBrainz (release group)]; MusicBrainz (release)[MusicBrainz (release)]; Discogs (release)[Discogs (release)]

Reviews

Reviewer: realaskvague - - August 11, 2014
Subject: peacefull
wonderfull instant of tranquility
Reviewer: manhog - - August 4, 2008
Subject: Like Michael Hedges
This reminds me a lot of the late Michael Hedges' album Aerial Boundaries. Like that album, this one has a very skilled musician using his talents not to show off but to make beautiful music. This album is now one of my all time favourites.
Reviewer: bimmy - - May 27, 2008
Subject: General opinion
This is just a general review but just wanted to say, I've been listening to this the past month almost everyday and its great. Wonderful melodies and ideas this is essential listening.
Reviewer: that commie chap - - January 4, 2007
Subject: Bread Making
In what is perhaps a continuation of -LZ-'s theme of the relationship between initial desire and final piece, I have to liken this record to very good bread. An odd comparison maybe, but stick with it. Bread baking is one of those incredibly tiresome processes, whereby the final product is vastly changed given only the slightest alteration in the baking process - the amount of butter, salt, yeast etc, all individually vital in amount and kind to the type and most importantly taste of the resultant bread. I have attempted to make bread a few times in the past, and only once has it approached anything approaching quality - the difficulty of fine tuning each element is surprisingly large. I am sure by this point you are wondering how this is possibly true given the abundance of very tasty bread varieties we can choose when we visit the supermarket - this is because there are certain people, as with any talent, who are naturally gifted at creating delicacy; on perfecting even the tiniest of details to produce a sensational coctail of, in the case of bread, deliciousness, and in the case of Crepusculum, well, i suppose deliciousness will serve nicely here too.

Each and every track on this beautiful album are a representation of this talent to embrace every aspect of an art.

I thank Crepusculum for creating such an utterly wonderful, musical Loaf.
Reviewer: -LZ- - - January 2, 2007
Subject: Beautiful Music
I shant be going into detail about my opinions of each individual track, not (solely) because of laziness but because there really isn't one I dislike. From start to finish, this record presents a fine-tuned blend of chilled acoustic sounds and subtle complementary backing. Sounds are deep and complex yet at the same time never overwhelming, giving a real feel for the talent of the artist.

When listening to this genre of music, I sometimes feel that artists are just not quite able to fully express their original intentions for a track in the final product. With Crepusculum however, this is certainly not the case. Every track seems to represent exactly the sound it is intended to, opening a window into the creative and musically adept mind of the artist to the extent that when listening, there appears an opportunity to experience and enjoy the very emotions which inspired the creation of each track.

Keep up the good work, Fred. I hope to hear much more of this excellent music in the future.
Reviewer: Reivax - - December 18, 2006
Subject: A Lesson In Euphoria
Your work is inspiring for me. It's a style that I've always enjoyed and have been using to create songs for some time, as well. I don't come up with stuff this well structured and put together, but I do feel a connection with the songs and style.

What I feel like doing when I hear this stuff is sit on a couch in a quiet, dim room with earmuff headphones over my ears and a glass of whiskey and coke in my hand. In fact, I have the means to do that tonight, so I believe I will do so.

All the songs capture that feel that makes an uptight chest relax and breathe easy. Starting right at the beginning with A Sheltered Life. The intro to the song makes me thing of good times instantly. The song doesn't stray too much from the opening lines, but it still doesn't feel repetitive to me. When the song reaches 2:17, that's the climax as far as I'm concerned. I've heard this song a ton of times now, and It's safe to say it's still my favourite of yours. Not by much, though.

This is mechanism, not ectoplasm is a track I've still only heard a few times. The pre-verse and Bridge onward are excellent parts, however I'd say if there's any song on this album that didn't blow me, it'd probably be this one. It's far from a track I'd skip, though.

I've heard Kintyre a couple times, but I don't remember it sounding quite like this. I don't recall the clean electric in the back with the delay. If it was always there, then my bad, but if it's a late edition, good call. It sounds lovely. And I find that it really makes the song alot more memorable. I'm just a sucker for a guitar that sounds like that.

When it comes to Open Gates, I feel like a fool. When I first rated this song, I mentioned it wasn't one of your best, despite it being really good. That comment hs made a big 180. This really is one of your best. Love the samples in the background. It lends to the buildup of the song and makes me dig it just that much more.

As for A Sheltered Life's remix, I'm not sure how I feel about this. Only because I'm so used to the original, it's hard to listen to it and not have it sound awkward due to the massive tempo increase in the main riff. I liked all the parts that are new and it sounded great. I'd have to assume I'd appreciate this alot more had I not heard the original. Perhaps this would be best suited at the end of the CD since it's quite a bit different from the rest of the songs.

As I'm listening to Momentum right now, it really sounds like something I'd be playing. Maybe that's why I always liked it so much and I believe am the only one on the uca that "loves it". Not sure what else to say. Made me realize you don't strum all too often. :P

I don't remember liking Anachronism as much as I do right now. Could be the most I've been surprised in a good way since I started listening to this. It really gets insteresting when you start to strum. All the extra elements like bass, midi, and whatever else really work terrific in this. I've got nothing bad to say about this track at all. Could even grow on me to be my favourite.

Nothing much else to say, Fred. I don't want you to get a big head, so I'm gonna have to stop the praising right now. ;) Great job. Thanks for giving us all the opportunity to listen to this and download it for free. Keep making quality music.

Chris
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